Life course, gentrification and urban inequality

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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Grand Chenier, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Willem Boterman, Cody Hochstenbach, Wouter Van Gent
Chairs: Willem Boterman


Gentrification is generally understood as the class-based transformation of urban space, but it is also imagined as being connected to young adulthood, as a spatial expression of the time-space trajectories of particular middle-class fractions. Although gentrification studies often do acknowledge age, we argue that life course should be treated as a key dimension to understand gentrification and segregation, and the inequalities it brings about in people’s lives cumulatively.
Acknowledging the central role of demographic processes in urban transformations may also help us gain insight into the political economies of life course. In urban development, state and market actors may favour certain groups while excluding others, not only across social class but also between generations and life stages.

In many contexts, young adults are struggling on the housing market. This is likely to have spatial implications, as specific groups of young adults may be excluded from privileged areas or cities in general. Likewise, the intergenerational transmission of inequalities through housing wealth has spatial impacts. Age and life course may play a broader, more general, role in forging urban inequalities as well.

We call for papers that investigate how life course is implicated in gentrification, urban transformation and urban inequality more generally, focusing on differentiation in age and generation. We seek papers from both the Global North and Global South dealing with the following, or related, topics:

• The intersections of class and age in gentrification processes
• How intergenerational inequalities and the intergenerational transmission of inequalities unfold in urban space
• How urban transformations are changing the geography of demographic transitions
• The role of generations in historical and contemporary urban transformations
• Young people in gentrification processes as both displacers and the displaced
• The cumulative effects of housing and neighbourhood trajectories on life course and (dis)advantage
• The politics of life course and age in urban development


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Antoine Paccoud*, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER); London School of Economics and Political Science, Neighbourhood change and property wealth inequality: mapping dynastic accumulation trajectories in Dudelange, Luxembourg 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Kati Kadarik*, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Spatial reproduction of inequality in Stockholm’s large housing estates, 1990-2014 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Albert Sabater*, University of St Andrews, Elspeth Graham, University of St Andrews, Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews, The Challenge of Residential Age Segregation in Urban Spaces: Evidence from the UK 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Cody Hochstenbach*, University of Amsterdam, Wouter van Gent, University of Amsterdam, Sako Musterd, University of Amsterdam, Shifting regional dynamics of life course in times of crisis 20 3:40 PM
Discussant Darren Smith Loughborough University 20 4:00 PM

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